Not much going on this week and I’ve been pretty busy but this story about a “Quiet Zone” being implemented in Edison today reminded me of a reader discussion on the blog last year about noise and living near the train. Montclair is also moving toward establishing a “Quiet Zone,” which prohibits trains from using their whistles/horns in some cases.
A reader also inquired last summer about the city implementing a “Quiet Zone.” I’m not sure how the “Quiet Zone” would work for elevated tracks — or if it’d be any different — but Montclair and Edison both involve grade crossings. (Here’s a primer on “Quiet Zones” from the Federal Railroad Administration if anyone’s interested in some light reading before bedtime…) According to the Montclair story, NJ Transit estimates 70 trains pass through each weekday and federal regulations require four whistles before each roadway or railroad crossing.
The catch is that the municipality is on the hook for physical improvements and installation of signals and such. For Edison, that’s $1.5 million and estimated at $1 million Montclair.
What do you think? Would it be worth it? Hey, you new SkyView residents, do the train whistles bug you enough to drop seven figures on improvements? Discuss…